Dr. Ravi Baghel
Dr. Ravi Baghel works as a postdoctoral researcher on the project Himalayan Glaciers. He joined the Cluster of Excellence
"Asia and Europe in a Global Context" at Heidelberg University in 2008 with a scholarship of the Graduate Programme of Transcultural Studies, and for his PhD (Geography) worked on the role of expert knowledge
in human-environmental interactions, under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Marcus Nüsser.
His dissertation analyzed large scale river control projects in India within a framework of Foucauldian political ecology, in close cooperation with a research project on Large dams. His work focused on the role of expert knowledge in the transformation of river systems into technological hydroscapes in South Asia. This contemporary analysis was placed within a historical and geographical perspective through an examination of the circulation of the knowledge of river control. His Masters studies had a focus on Globalisation as part of the Global Studies Programme, and he was awarded an M.A. in Social Sciences by the University of Freiburg, Germany and University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. He obtained a B.A. (Honours) degree in Chinese at the Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. As a recipient of the DAAD STIBET Teaching Assistantship, he taught the course Introduction to Political Ecologies in the Wintersemester 2010-11. He is an editor of Transcience- a journal of global studies. Since 2010, Dr. Baghel is also associated with the Earth System Governance Project (ESGP) as a Research Fellow. The ESGP is one of the six core projects of the International Human Dimensions Programme on Global Environmental Change (IHDP). His primary research interest is in environmental governance at the regional scale, with a focus on South Asia. Other related fields of interest include the geopolitics of the Himalayan region and Political Ecology. These interests are also reflected in Dr. Baghel's ongoing research on Himalayan Glaciers.